July 6, 2011

Pixpa – Online Portfolios for Creative Professionals

Pixpa is a tool that artists, photographers, and designers can use to showcase their work online. Portfolios that are published using Pixpa look simple, elegant, and stylish, and they’re easy to share thanks to the application’s embeddable gallery widget. Pixpa even takes it one step further by offering all the tools necessary to sell prints and images online through Fotomoto.

Each portfolio that’s created with Pixpa gets its own subdomain URL, making it easy for fans and potential clients to find a designer’s portfolio online. The application also makes it easy for you to connect your portfolio to a custom URL, assuming you’ve already got one in place. Start getting your portfolio ready for the public to see by heading to the Pixpa control panel and selecting one of the 100 portfolio designs available. Each design is customizable, and you can structure your own portfolio however you’d like. In addition to adding images and artwork, you can also add video to your Pixpa portfolio. Manage the site settings to add a logo, change the site title, or include music that’s playing in the background of your portfolio. You can also add metadata tags for SEO purposes, to make sure your portfolio is the first thing that pops up when people Google your name.

One of the great things about using Pixpa – as opposed to a traditional paper-based portfolio – is that the application makes it easy for people to publish their work on multiple platforms. In a few simple clicks, artists can begin sharing their latest pieces on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Portfolios can be optimized for viewing on iPhones and iPads, and users can always tell who’s been checking out their work by using the integrated Google Analytics tools.

Practical Uses:

  • Create a portfolio to show off your artwork
  • Promote your new wedding photography business online
  • Sell prints and images to your fans online
  • Advertise your services as a freelance graphic designer

Insider Tips:

  • Use the Google Analytics tools to see who has been viewing your portfolio
  • Portfolios are optimized to work well on iPhones and iPads
  • Users can sell their prints through Fotomoto
  • Portfolios can be set up to work with any custom domain address

What we liked:

  • Artists can set up private galleries for specific clients to view
  • Portfolios can be shared on social networks with one click
  • Pixpa lets people add metadata to help with search engine rankings
  • People can post video to their online portfolios

What we didn’t like:

  • Artists who have a lot of work will have to pay significantly more to use the site than those with only a handful of images to showcase


Company Info:

  • Launched: February 2011
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Wilmington, Delaware
  • Founded by: Gurpreet Singh
  • Web site:


  • Starter plan is $9.99/month for up to 100 images
  • Pro plan is $19.99/month for up to 1,000 images
  • Plus plan is $29.99/month for up to 5,000 images

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